Micro Business Development Program

Have you ever considered launching a business?  Do you have a business but still have questions and would like to learn more about business management?From startup to long-term sustainability, we support new and established entrepreneurs to make their dreams and aspirations a reality.

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Overview-MBDP

The Micro Business Development Program can provide you with training and technical assistance if you are planning to start or expand a small business.

Take advantage of numerous opportunities to network with other entrepreneurs, ongoing classes and group workshops, our technology resource center (with computers and business development resources), or meet one-on-one with our experienced business counselors.

Learn how to:

  • Develop and test your business concept

  • Select the best business entry option

  • Organize and manage your business

  • Research and market your business

  • Understand and get your financials in order

  • Finance for your business

Since 1988, we have assisted more than 3,000 low-income individuals with planning the startup or expansion of a small business, including over $2 million in financing leveraged for businesses.

The MBDP operates statewide through each of the five Community Action Agencies in Vermont.

Check out the flyer below regarding FREE business workshops this summer.

 

Services-MBDP

We offer the following support to current and aspiring entrepreneurs:

Business Workshops:  The Micro Business Development Program of Capstone Community Action offers a “Business Building Blocks” workshop series.  Business experts will present information on a number of topics including assessing business opportunities, writing a business plan, balancing work and family life, record keeping and tax planning, determining insurance needs, setting the right price for your product or service, strategizing with cash flow projections, and developing a marketing plan.

One-to-one business counseling: Experienced counselors, who have owned their own businesses and intimately understand the challenges and rewards, can offer support from the start of your vision, through the planning stages, all the way to launch day.  From there, our counselors can offer continued support to help you meet your goals and maintain and grow a successful business.  For clients who have established businesses, we can offer assistance specific to your needs.

Financial Education:  If you have ever wondered how to read your credit report or why your credit score matters, we can help.  We offer financial education to help people establish credit or build their credit score so that they can begin to build assets and become financially secure.

Check out these FREE upcoming opportunities to enhance your business skills and knowledge!

 

Thursday, December 8, 2016 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. at Capstone, Barre. "Get Ready for 2017: Digital Marketing Trends" with Kim Dixon of Insights LLC. See flyer for more details.

 

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Capstone, Barre: "Creating the Business You Want through Clear Mindset and a Sustainable Strategy" presented by Lisa Danforth as part of our Business Building Workshops. See flyer for description and registration information.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Capstone, Barre: Tax Planning & Record Keeping for Small Business presented by Joe Hicks as part of our Business Building Workshops. See descriptive flyer for more information and to register.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Capstone, Barre: "Pivot: Creating an Exit Strategy for Your Business" presented by Lisa Danforth as part of our Business Building Workshops. See flyer for description and registration information.

Contact Us at Micro Business

To discuss your business vision or to request counseling on an existing business, Contact Margaret Ferguson at 802-477-5214, mferguson@capstonevt.org or Laura Sudhoff at 802-477-5176, lsudhoff@capstonevt.org.

 

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